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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
Phone Number: 877-446-9261
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Battleship Iowa Museum Admission in Los Angeles
Ranked #9 of 317 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Museums
Owner description: Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West...
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Type: Military Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West Coast's only Battleship - USS Iowa. An adventure on board takes you on a memorable family experience through World War II, Korean War, and Cold War; following in footsteps of sailors that lived on the most powerful warship built to date. Visitors tour six decks of wood & steel and numerous exhibits on the Battleship that hosted three U.S. Presidents during her service as a symbol of democracy. The USS Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet and an area rich in Maritime History. Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm.
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I wanted to tour this ship because my brother served on the Iowa. It is so much more than just a piece of history. It is a tribute to those who served on her! You can feel how it must have felt to live in such close quarters, for such long periods of time, and in such stressful times. I... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Great place to discover history from WW-II to Iraq-1. Many of the docents served on the vessel and make history come alive. Having toured several other battleships, Alabama, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, etc. this one is one of the best.

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This ship has a great history spanning from WW2 to the Cold War. It was neat to see the blend of a 70 year old ship that was modernized with cruise missiles and other technology. While it could have been better with the option of a tour guide, the staff around the ship were absurdly informative and could answer nearly... More 

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Cardston, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

my husband and I enjoyed our tour of the Iowa. It's a self guided tour but there are plenty of docents who are willing and happy to answer questions. There are many areas off limits, but perhaps in the future, as they are repaired, visitors will be able to see them. There are LOTS of steep stairs to go up... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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128 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Took the self-guided walk, which is $18 per person. That seems high until you learn that the Federal Government and City of Los Angeles have all but disavowed this poor ship that served for a century and held multiple presidents. Your admission fee keeps a piece of history alive, which means something to those who's relatives lived there during war... More 

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37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Huge battleship with a lot to see on board, giving you a good idea of what life was like onboard. There is a lot of climbing and walking involved so, be forewarned. Plenty to see and lots of ex service staff to answer questions and share their experiences. Good parking facilities.

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Vancouver, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Visited in Late December and enjoyed the great self guided tour. Lots to see and quite the ship. Easy to get to, easy parking great helpful and knowledgeable staff. Glad this ship is open for all to see and something very different to see in LA.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The first WWII battleship I ever toured was in Texas when I was very small. It was exciting 50 years later to tour another of the the great battleships. The Iowa is well maintained and the self guided tour was easy to follow and very informative. The exhibits are laid out well and give you a chance to see most... More 

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Los Angeles, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Every once in awhile my husband has a special desire to visit something. This time it was this "boat". I went as a reluctant companion but ended up really enjoying the history that went along with such a ship. It was a day well spent & he REALLY enjoyed it which made it more fun for me.

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Lakeside AZ
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Really worth the time to go visit. Good for all ages. Be sure to ask lots of questions to the on board volunteers. They each have great stories to tell. Not something for physically challenged. Lots of steep stairs and obstacles. We took our 4 year old grandchildren and had lots of fun.

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